Four-day cycle race along the most beautiful coast in the world; the new event on the calendar of the world's cycling elite is a test of strength against a fantastic backdrop. This is the riders, route and TV-stations you can follow during the Arctic Race of Norway.

World's most beautiful bike race

The first ever Arctic Race of Norway bike race will take place from 8-11th August. This four-day stage race will be broadcast on TV all over the world, and will bring many of the world's cycling elite to Northern Norway. Read more about which teams and riders participating at www.letour.fr/arctic-race-of-norway/2013/us/teams.html.

The fantastic nature of Northern Norway will make the race a different and unique experience for the cyclists, spectators and TV viewers. No excuse to miss a stage! Here is a list of the main official TV broadcasters of the Arctic Race of Norway:

Here is a short summary of what to expect during the race:

The Bodø stage

The first stage on 8th August is a circuit from Bodø around the Saltenfjord and back to Bodø: the 192.5 km (119.5 mile) stage passes through a landscape of fjords and mountains. The impressive peaks of Børvasstindan, over 1,100 metres (3,600 feet) high, the massive mountain range that forms the border with Sweden, and above all the world's strongest tidal current of Saltstraumen are some of the highlights. Most of this stage is alongside the fjord, so high speeds are expected.

The Lofoten stage

The second stage on 9th August is also a circuit, this time heading west from Svolvær. Its 156.5 kilometres (97 miles) run along the south coast of the island of Austvågøya and then around Vestvågøya in a loop. The sharp peaks above Kabelvåg and Henningsvær give way to the flat fields of central Vestvågøya and the fishing villages along the mountainous coast. There are several mountain passes, narrow winding roads and flat sections – in other words, plenty of variation. The fantastic landscapes of the archipelago and the colourful fishing villages will form a uniquely beautiful backdrop to the race.

From Lofoten to Vesterålen

The third stage on 10th August runs from Svolvær, over the island of Hinnøya and on to Stokmarknes via Sortland. The first part passes through relatively unpopulated areas of wild, untouched nature, beneath mountains towering up to 1,200 metres (3,400 feet). The last part is through the green and fertile rural areas of Vesterålen. The archipelago's high, elegant bridges against the background of its numerous peaks will form irresistible scenery for the TV cameras.

From Vesterålen to Harstad

The fourth and final stage forms a 'U' shape across the island of Hinnøya from Sortland to Harstad. The first part is stunning, with impressive peaks and fjords, while the last part passes through a flatter, greener and more populated landscape. The stage ends with a panoramic circuit of beautiful Harstad, built on terraces above the Vågsfjord.

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